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Instead of just exchanging Valentines in class, this Llewellyn class creates them for businesses!

DAVID F. ASHTON - On the streets of Westmoreland, the Llewellyn Elementary School fifth-grade students in Marty Crousers class delivered Valentines Day cards to supportive business managers and owners. Although it had happened before, many Westmoreland business owners and managers were surprised and delighted to be presented student-made Valentine Day greetings on February 14 – created and delivered by Llewellyn Elementary School fifth grade students.

The rain that day didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the students THE BEE followed on their stroll – all of them happened to be members of Marty Crouser's class. "When we could no longer have in-school Valentine's Day parties five years ago, we came up with this community service instead," he explained.

"All three of the school's fifth grade teachers, including Marty, Scott Rozell, and myself, really like this way to celebrate – and, at the same time, give back to – and show appreciation for – our local business community which supports us all year long," smiled teacher Madeline Prelosky.

Each custom-made greeting included Valentine's Day artwork, as well as a sentiment specific to the business being honored. "Our 75 kids made them on computers and printed them in color; so, it also gave students the opportunity to develop technical skills, while they developed their creativity," remarked Prelosky. "Beyond the creative exercise, it's a really good experience to interact with adults, in a business, without expecting anything in return!"

Even though they were wet and damp after their errand, the fifth graders converged on the Westmoreland Dairy Queen for a treat before heading west, back to school.

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